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  President Trump Iran Nuclear Deal Announcement  CSPAN  May 8, 2018 2:12pm-2:30pm EDT

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[inaudible conversations] >> my fellow americans, today i want to update the world on her efforts to prevent iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. the iranian regime is the leading state sponsor of terror. it exports dangerous missiles, fuels conflicts across the middle east and supports terrorists proxies in malicious such as hezbollah, hamas, the television and al qaeda. over the years iran and its proxies have bombed american embassies and military installations, murdered hundreds of american servicemembers and
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kidnapped, imprisoned in richard american citizens. the iranian regime has funded its long reign of chaos and terror by plundering the wealth of its own people. no action taken by the regime has been more dangerous than its pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means of delivering them. in 2015 the previous administration joined with other nations in a deal regarding iran's nuclear program and this agreement was known as the joint comprehensive plan of action or jcpoa. in theory, the so-called iran deal was supposed to protect the united states and our allies from the lunacy of an iranian nuclear bomb and a weapon that will only endanger the survival of the iranian regime.
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in fact, the deal allowed iran to continue enriching uranium and overtime reached the brink of a nuclear breakout. the deal lifted crippling economic sanctions on our end in exchange for very weak limits on the regimes nuclear activity and no limits at all on its other maligned behavior, including sinister activities in syria, yemen, and other places all around the world. in other words, at the point when the united states had maximum leverage this disastrous deal gave this regime and it is a regime of great terror many billions of dollars and some of it in actual cash. it's a great embarrassment to me as a citizen and to all citizens
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of the united states. a constructive deal could easily have been struck at the time but it was not. at the heart of the iran deal was a giant fiction that a murderous regime desired only a peaceful nuclear energy program. today we have definitive proof that this iranian promise was a lie. last week israel published intelligence documents long concealed by iran conclusively showing the iranian regime and its history of pursuing nuclear weapons. the fact is this was a horrible, one-sided deal that should nev never, ever been named. it did not bring call, it did not bring peace, and it never will. in the years since the deal was
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reached iran's military budget has grown by almost 40%. its economy is doing very badly. after the sanctions were lifted the dictatorship used its new funds to build nuclear capable missiles, support terrorism and cause havoc throughout the middle east and beyond. the agreement was so poorly negotiated that even if i iran fully complied the regime could still be on the verge of a nuclear breakout in just a short period of time. the deal sunset provisions are totally unacceptable. if i allowed this deal to stand there will soon be a nuclear arms race in the middle east. everyone would want their weapons ready by the time iran had theirs. making matters worse, the deals
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inspection provisions adequate mechanisms to prevent, detect and punish cheating and don't even have the unqualified right to inspect many important locations including military facilities. not only does the deal failed to halt iran's nuclear ambitions but it also fails to address the regimes development of ballistic missiles that could deliver nuclear warheads. finally, the deal does nothing to constrain iran's destabilizing activities including it support for terrorism. since the agreement iran's blood ambitions have grown only more brazen. in light of the glaring flaws, i announced last october at the iran deal, it must be either renegotiated or terminated. three months later on january 12
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i repeated these conditions. i made clear that if the deal cannot be fixed the united states would no longer be a party to the agreement. over the past few months we have engaged extensively with our allies around the world including france, germany and the united kingdom. we have also consulted with our friends from across the middle east. we are unified in our understanding of the threat and in our conviction that iran must never acquire a nuclear weapon. after these consultations it is clear to me that we cannot prevent an iranian nuclear bomb under the decaying and run structure of the current agreement. the iranian deal is defective at
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its core. if we do nothing we know exactly what will happen. in just a short period of time the world's leading state sponsor of terror will be on the cusp of acquiring the world's most dangerous weapon. therefore, i am announcing today that the united states will withdraw from the iran nuclear deal. in a few moments, i will sign up presidential memorandum to begin reinstating us nuclear sanctions on the iranian regime. we will be instituting the highest level of economic sanction and any nation that helps iran in its quest for nuclear weapons could also be strongly sanctioned by the united states. america will not be held hostage to nuclear blackmail. we will not allow american
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cities to be threatened with destruction and we will not allow a regime the chance death to america to gain access to the most deadly weapons on earth. today's action sends a critical message. the united states no longer makes empty threats. when i make promises, i keep them. in fact, at this very moment secretary pompeo is on his way to north korea in preparation for my upcoming meeting with kim jong-un. plans are being made in relationships are building and hopefully a deal will happen and with the help of china, south korea in japan a future of great prosperity and security can be achieved for everyone. as we exert the iran deal we
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will work with our allies to find a real, comprehensive and lasting solution to the iranian nuclear threat. this will include efforts to eliminate the threat of iran's ballistic missile program and to stop its terrorist activities worldwide and to block its menacing activity across the middle east. in the meantime, powerful sanctions will go into full effect. if the regime continues its nuclear aspirations it will have bigger problems than it has ever had before. finally, i want to deliver a message to the long-suffering people of iran. the people of america stand with you. it has now been almost 40 years since this dictatorship sees power and took a proud nation
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hostage. most of iran's 80 million citizens have sadly never known and i iran the prospered in peace with its neighbors and commanded the admiration of the world. but the future of iran belongs to its people and they are the rightful errors to a rich culture and an ancient land and they deserve a nation that does justice to their dreams and honor to their history and glory to god. iran's leaders will naturally say that they refuse to negotiate a new deal. they refuse and that is fine. i probably would say the same thing if i was in their position. but the fact is they are going to want to make a new and lasting deal, one of the benefits all of iran and the iranian people. when they do i am ready, willing
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and able, great things can happen for iran and great things can happen for the piece and stability that we all want in the middle east. there has been enough suffering, death and destruction. let it in now. thank you. god bless you. thank you. >> mr. president, how does this make america safer? how does this make america
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safer? >> thank you very much. this will make america safer. >> secretary pompeo is right now going to north korea and will be there shortly and a matter of probably an hour. he will get that meeting set up. we have our meetings set in the location is taking some time and we look forward to having great success. we think relationships are building with north korea and will see how it works out and maybe it will and maybe it won't but it can be a great thing for north korea and south korea and japan in the entire world. we hope it all works out. >> are the americans being [inaudible]? >> ultimately, we will find out. we will soon be find out.
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it would be great if they are but we will soon find out. thank you very much. >> [inaudible] >> president trump laid out his argument in that the poetic room of the white house for reinstating sanctions against iran which is a violation of the multilateral iran nuclear agreement. we will be bringing reaction from the president of iran on the c-span network. he is expected to have a reaction and we will bring it to you as soon as he does and we bring what the president of israel, benjamin the time you he will speak with the president and a statement put out by max for very that he is the head of the house armed services committee and saying that he has no doubt that the joint agreement was flawed and that for years iran had been deceptive about its programs and
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his preference would be to give our european allies a few more months to strengthen deal but now the president has decided the united states will withdraw they must have two critical priorities and let's look at marco rubio. a tweet here from jose serrano, the ira >> the senate is expected to come in a few minutes of particular live as soon as they do. again the iranian take on this is the foreign minister negotiating an initial deal with
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previous secretary of state, john kerry. it took two and half years for president trump to say he hopes they can come up with a new agreement but the president rohani saying he would not be interested in coming up with a new agreement. we will take you life to the senate in just a couple of minutes. again, even those delays that senator rubio had mentioned if president trump, as he had, reimpose actions those delays that are built in include a reconciliation. of about one month and delays of about four-six months before renewed american stations can actually take effect. president trump in the diplomat room signing up presidential memorandum that reinstates sanctions against iran that go against the agreement that the united states made in the
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multilateral joint agreement. we will bring you reaction from president rohani when it does come and again, prime minister benjamin netanyahu from israel saying that he will be speaking with president trump after the announcement. the agreement included that the west would end three decades of sanctions that happen before the agreement back in 2013 and iran agree to ship 97% of its nuclear fuel out of the country. a look here at "the new york times" saying they would withdraw from the iran deal and he told that with resident macron of france earlier on tuesday morning that he did plan to withdraw the united states and again the sunset clause was part of the problem but we take you life to the senate. they are gaveling in and youe